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Battle of Wits
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 Battle of Wits
- Odyssey

Reviewed June 8, 2017

Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 4.50
Limited: 1.00
Multiplayer: 3.00
Commander [EDH]: 2.00

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Battle of Wits
So, can you in fact play this card in a format that specifies a specific (not minimum or maximum) deck size, like Commander or Filth Casserole? I would certainly never complain if you played it against me in either of those formats. It's the card that put alternate win conditions on the map all those years ago, and it's a jewel among cards because it actually changes the focus of deckbuilding. Your biggest pitfall with this card is not even the problem of drawing the cards you need from your gigantic deck in the right order, but rather shuffling adequately. I recommend shuffling smaller stacks of 50 cards or so and then putting them together. That's the main reason Battle of Wits hasn't shown up more often in tournaments down the years, but competitive Magic's loss is everyone else's gain.
Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 5/5
Limited: 1/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
EDH/Commander: 3/5
James H.

Has there ever been a card like Battle of Wits? It asks that you take an entirely unique and counterintuitive approach to deckbuilding, and the result is a monstrosity that can either steal games or whiff magnificently with no in-between. You need at least 240 cards to make this work, and it can be a challenge to get the right balance to make Battle of Wits fire. It is spectacular in action, but be prepared for a really rough time if you're trying to make this work anywhere.


Constructed: 3

Casual: 4

Limited: 1

Multiplayer: 3

Commander: 1

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